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CAEL Webinars

August 22nd Webinar: Building Bridges to Prosperity: Chambers' Impact on Education, Workforce, and Economic Growth

Upcoming: August 22nd at 2 pm ET

This event, co-sponsored with the Detroit Regional Chamber, will serve as a platform showcasing the pivotal role chambers play in supporting regional prosperity. From connecting individuals to education, training, and networking resources to advocating for public policy, chambers play a central role in nurturing vibrant communities and fostering equity and inclusion. With a focus on how they build bridges among employers, postsecondary institutions, workforce and economic development boards, and civic leadership, this webinar will offer insights into holistic community-building strategies that will be valuable to practitioners throughout the education-employment ecosystem.

Working with CAEL creates new opportunities for connecting these bridges to regional pathways development. During the webinar, we’ll engage current CAEL members as well as public participants on these multifaceted capacities. This webinar is set to inspire more collaboration and innovation in regional development initiatives.


Christi Taylor, Senior Director, Talent InitiativesChristi

Christi Taylor works as senior director of talent initiatives with the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Education & Talent team. In this role, she leads collaborative efforts between Chamber departments and initiatives focused on developing career pathways, leading to a robust talent pipeline. She also serves as the primary liaison between the Education & Talent team and corporate partners. She fosters relationships with companies interested in adopting national best practices in providing employee tuition assistance, internships, and work-based learning, creating an equitable learning culture. She leads the Chamber’s efforts to develop collaborative regional employer-led sector partnerships, including a healthcare talent collaborative focused on K-12 pathways, incumbent worker progression, and micro-credentials, and a mobility sector strategy focused on community college pathways. She has been part of the Chamber team since 2019.

Meghan Schmidbauer, Senior Director, Detroit Drives DegreesMeghan

Meghan Schmidbauer serves as the Senior Director for Detroit Drives Degrees, a key initiative under the Detroit Regional Chamber. In her pivotal role, Schmidbauer supports and coordinates stakeholders and staff efforts to implement the strategic plan foundational to the Detroit Regional Talent Compact. Her work is essential in aligning the program’s initiatives with the Chamber’s broader education and talent strategy, ensuring the region cultivates a robust talent pipeline critical for sustained economic growth.


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